Michael Laverty has made a shock switch back to Tyco BMW for 2018, completing the team’s line-up, alongside Christian Iddon. Laverty will leave McAMS Yamaha, after a difficult season saw him take just one podium, at Silverstone.
“I’m delighted to be returning to the Tyco BMW squad for the 2018 season,” Laverty said. “We enjoyed success together taking race wins in 2015 and 2016. A dip in form lead to a year’s sabbatical, which didn’t prove fruitful, although the experience gained this season will make me a stronger rider”, began Laverty. The Ulsterman has failed to win a race in 2017 for the first time since returning to BSB from GP.
“I’m thankful that Philip and the guys within the team have belief in my ability and looked beyond my results this year. To get back on-board the Tyco BMW S1000RR and work with the TAS engineers once again, is the perfect scenario for me”, he continued.
The decision ends speculation about Dan Linfoot going to the Ulster team, after some reports suggested he would leave Honda. It also closes down speculation about Peter Hickman joining the team, although he is now expected to remain at Smith’s BMW. The signing also means there will be no room for Andy Reid, although some suggest he will be riding the teams Superstock 1000 bike.
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